Baseball Press presents "The 606", a look at the most intriguing pitching matchup of the day, with a final prediction of the winning pitcher. You may be asking yourself "What exactly does The 606 mean? There's no major league baseball for that area code- it's in Eastern Kentucky!" BBP isn't listing players from Eastern Kentucky either. The 606 is short for 60 feet and 6 inches. If you still don't understand, I direct your attention to Official Rule 1.07 from Major League Baseball, referring to the distance from the pitching mound to home plate. Now that we've got that squared away, let's take a look at today's featured pitching matchup for Tuesday, September 28th.
Although the A's came out hot against Ervin Santana yesterday, it was the Halos who walked away with a win after a late inning rally. Brett Anderson allowed four runs which is the most he's allowed since August 27th against Texas.
No Decision: Ervin Santana (6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2.17 WHIP)
The 606 Season-to-Date Record (W-L-ND): 110-97-70, 3.82 ERA (732 ER in 1723 IP)
In today's 606, it's an NL Central matchup between a starter who has turned things around in the second half against a pitcher who is looking to build his confidence as his team rides into the playoffs.
LHP Wandy Rodriguez - HOU (11-12 3.67 ERA) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez - CIN (4-3, 4.45 ERA)
Searching for his first win since August 31st, Wandy Rodriguez hopes the Reds' lineup will cooperate. After starting the first three months of the season with a record of 5-10 with a 5.30 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP, Wan-Rod has turned things around in the second half. Since July 1st, he's 6-2 with a 2.24 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and even has a 9.7 K/9 ratio. While Wandy has had his own struggles, his offense hasn't helped much, as they've managed just 3.9 runs of support during his starts this season. Away from MMP, Wandy has a 4-7 record with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 15 starts. Against the Reds during his career, Wandy sits at a .500 win percentage, as he's 7-7 over 19 starts with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Jonny "Big Gun" Gomes is hitting .389/.421/.944 with 2 HR and 9 RBI against Rodriguez over his career.
On the brink of making a postseason appearance, Edinson Volquez is coming off one of his best starts of the season. During his last outing against the Brew Crew, Volquez held the Brewers to one run on three hits over eight innings, while striking out six and walking four. Over his last three starts, he's 1-1 with a 1.66 ERA and hitters have a .143 batting average against him. He also has a 9.6 K/9 ratio and hasn't allowed a home run during this same time period. During six home starts this season, Volquez is 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. ED has been flawless against the Astros during his career, posting a 4-0 record with a 0.98 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 8.8 K/9 ratio.
Final Prediction: Edinson Volquez